The Various Duties & Responsibilities of Electricians


How in the world would or modern, gadget and appliance-filled homes run properly, without electricians? Yes, without electricians, we’d probably go back to the Middle Ages, where we’d be lighting candles or lamps to light up our homes and workplaces. Now, back to the tasks and jobs that electricians do. According to experts, the job of an electrician in Brisbane varies between project type, employer and experience level. But then again, electricians perform fundamental tasks, and they can even do additional jobs beyond their typical trade applications. Here’s a look at the various duties and responsibilities of electricians.

Common Duties

The general, or common, duties of an electrician in Brisbane involve installation, maintenance and repair of electrical components and systems in commercial and residential buildings. Although many of the duties or tasks these professionals do are key responsibilities of the career, there are additional tasks that electricians do depending on the place of employment and experience level.

Specialised Electrical Tasks

Apart from general installation, maintenance and repair of electrical components and systems in home and commercial establishments, an electrician in Brisbane also performs other more specialised tasks (Again, this depends on their work environment and skill levels).

Examples of these specialised electrical tasks include diagnosing electrical issues by reading and analyzing diagrams and blueprints, installing and repairing wiring and conductive elements and electrical components in buildings and other structures, testing and inspecting electrical work like lighting and wiring to ensure the safe installation and compliance with regulatory codes, planning and designing layouts of fixtures, wiring pathways and other electrical elements in homes and buildings, as well as identifying and mitigating safety hazards, code violations and other electrical problems.

Depending on where they work, an electrician in Brisbane can specialize in certain tasks or projects. Like for example, industrial electricians work mainly in industrial settings like factories and manufacturing plants to install and maintain the electrical power systems of machines and equipment used in these facilities.

On the other hand, residential electricians may only work with electrical installations of wiring, fixtures, lighting and other elements of homes and residential properties.

Administrative & Office Work

Who says that an electrician in Brisbane can’t do office or administrative functions? Well, the answer is yes, although this may depend on the administrative tasks that relate to the operation of a business.

For example, an electrician in Brisbane can assign tasks to apprentice electricians, or schedule and organize repair and installation appointments or build relationships with customers. The other administrative work that electricians can do includes filing out and filing paperwork, documenting projects and transactions, as well as organizing customer profiles.

The electricians who choose to work as independent contractors in a self-employed capacity can also handle the marketing, networking and financial tasks of their business. They can also organize and maintain electrical blueprints, diagrams and other design documents.

Apart from this, the electrician in Brisbane can also communicate with clients, suppliers and vendors to coordinate electrical work, supplies and other necessary resources for business operations, document transactions with customers and record important budget transactions, organize budgets and manage project funds and resources, as well as do onboarding and training of apprentice electricians and organize workflow.

Collaborative Tasks & Projects

An electrician Brisbane can also work on a wide array of team projects, especially in industrial and commercial settings. For example, electricians who primarily work with industrial power lines, circuits and transformers can also work in teams to perform larger tasks.

In addition, electricians in leadership roles may also take on a range of tasks which require collaboration with customers, supervisors and other tradesmen to finish important tasks or projects.

Like for example they can work with electrical engineers and other trades professionals to plan electrical installation projects, communicate with code enforcement agencies and other regulatory authorities during inspections and evaluations of electrical systems and components.

Customer Service Responsibilities

Regardless of which industry or sector he or she works in, an electrician in Brisbane also has to have the skill to effectively communicate with clients and customers in many work settings.

For example, in residential work environments, electricians need to stay in regular communication with home or property owners to discuss project details and updates on progress. In industrial settings, these experts may commonly work with their commercial clients to schedule installations, repairs or maintenance, as well as complete financial transactions when the projects are completed.

The other customer service tasks that an electrician in Brisbane can sometimes perform includes maintaining office phone lines, addressing customer questions and concerns, speak with potential customers about their products and services, make emergency repair calls to the customer’s properties and discuss repair work, fees and other aspects of performing their work.

So, if you’re interested in becoming an electrician in Brisbane, here are some basic requirements to keep in mind. Most electricians typically enter the career with their high school diplomas or through an accredited electrical trade school. However, a college degree may give you a competitive advantage in starting as an apprentice electrician in Brisbane. 

Most states require electricians to have their state licenses or certifications. In addition, a lot of trade schools today also offer their graduates certification as electricians. To get your certification, you need to take and pass an examination which deals with electrical applications, electrical codes and building and maintenance codes.

Aside from the hard skills in electrical maintenance and repair (and other applications), soft skills like leadership, communication and problem-solving are also very important for success on the job. In fact, many electricians today are amazing problem solvers, communicators and supportive mentors for the professionals who work with them.

Many electricians also receive required on-the-job training as apprentice electricians or electrician helpers. This on-the-job training is necessary, especially if a neophyte electrician has no previous background in actual (or industry-specific) electrical work. 

Now that you have a good idea of how electricians work, I guess you will now learn to value their skills and duties more, and not simply dismiss them as ordinary repairmen or low-skilled workers.